LDS Charities is the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their purpose is to relieve suffering, foster self-reliance and provide opportunities for service. Sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, LDS Charities follows the admonition of Jesus Christ to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, take in the stranger, clothe the naked and visit the sick and afflicted.
Unique in its support structure, LDS Charities has access to the resources of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which include funding and local volunteer support. More than one million workdays of labor are contributed each year by volunteers in support of welfare initiatives.
They sponsor relief and development projects in 195 countries and territories and give assistance without regard to race, religious affiliation, or nationality. Aid is based on the core principles of personal responsibility, community support, self-reliance, and sustainability. Largely run with volunteer labor, they operate both independently and in cooperation with other charitable organizations and governments.
- Ogden United: $300,000 dollars donated from 2013–2015 helped launch this now robust community-wide collective impact initiative. Ogden United brings together over 50 partner agencies to improve educational outcomes and address issues of health and housing.
- Community Grant Making: Annual matching of United Way’s $100,000 competitive grant awards provides support to approximately 30 nonprofit agencies each year in Weber, Box Elder, Morgan and Oneida counties. Funded programs include internships/workforce training, employment mentoring, suicide prevention, crisis childcare, child grief and trauma support, family shelter and case management, family counseling, and literacy and mentoring.
- United Way Board: Membership and support
- Bishop’s Storehouse Commodities: Donations of diapers, wipes, formula, children’s toothbrushes, etc.
- Welcome Baby: Financial and volunteer support helps provide home visits for parent education, early childhood education, early learning kits, and volunteer training.
- Volunteerism and Nonprofit Coordination: 2-1-1 Resource and Referral, Just Serve coordination, community drives, community grant center